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A Christmas Miracle-for X & S fans

Sunday, December 21, 2014



Smiles, I didn't pose them. For once Sugar didn't let Xena have the bed, she squeezed on and pushed Xena's butt over. They stayed until I went upstairs and got my camera. Not because they wanted to be together but because neither wanted to give up the bed!
Sugar eventually yielded as she knew Xena wouldn't. Funny girls!

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all my Sparkfriends; we've had a very good year!

Joy and the girls

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 12/24/2014 7:47PM

    Merry Christmas to you!!

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TERI-RIFIC 12/23/2014 6:22PM

    Great picture. I love their expressions! You can read the whole story right there.

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ANGELBELIEVER 12/22/2014 11:59PM

    Too cute!

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_JODI404 12/22/2014 11:51PM

    I LOVE it!!! Good for Sugar asserting herself just a little bit!


Merry Christmas Joy, Xena, and Sugar!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUCYCAN7 12/22/2014 8:08PM

  Merry Christmas to you Joy and yours and a Happy New Year!
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YELLOW09RED 12/22/2014 11:28AM

    It's wonderful to see them together.
Merry Christmas to them.
Hugs for them both,
Debbie

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RAINBOWMF 12/22/2014 11:28AM

    Ahhhh this is too nice. Great picture

Merry Christmas to you and the Furbabys.

Hugs Mary

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GABY1948 12/22/2014 7:57AM

    They CAUGHT the Christmas Spirit from you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Merry Christmas to you all!

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HEALTHY4ME 12/22/2014 7:23AM

    Too cute.... always said if I ever got a cat, would be grey. They are too cute!

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NEW-CAZ 12/22/2014 3:05AM

    wonderful. HAPPY CHRISTMAS emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 12/22/2014 1:29AM

    What a lovely Christmas message. Peace and sharing makes mum happy . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 12/22/2014 1:17AM

    That photo is priceless. Happy Christmas.

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SUZYMOBILE 12/21/2014 10:17PM

    So cute that "Joy and the girls" rhymes with "Joy to the World"!

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  Great photo!

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Just for fun: Xena fans

Saturday, November 01, 2014

To see what triggered this exercise check out:

happyplace.someecards.com/cats/the-i
nternet-comes-full-cat-circle-with-cat
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The easiest circles for me were hoops, of course. It was hilarious; very similiar to catnip. No script needed except to watch what Sugar thinks of this nonsense. Xena would have gone on all night! Smiles, Joy

















Thanks for the visit everyone! Have a great weekend. emoticon

  
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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/18/2014 12:24PM

    I love your hoops and Xena/Sugar pics! I hope you are doing well and on track for a Merry Christmas!
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TEENY_BIKINI 11/11/2014 12:24AM

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YELLOW09RED 11/2/2014 1:33PM

    emoticon I think you have wonderful pets.
I love cats.
Hugs and smiles,
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NANHBH 11/1/2014 10:23PM

    That's hysterical, Joy! I've got to share this with my cat friends!
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_JODI404 11/1/2014 10:17PM

    HUGE Fan, right here!!!

*L*O*V*E* it!!! I had seen that link and meant to try it with my girls too.

Hoops -- great idea Joy! We already have (a lot) of perfect circles on hand for the test!

Sugar is equally adorable.

Brrrrr it got so cold here! I'm guessing it may be the same there too? NOT ready for it so soon.

Hope you girls have a wonderful weekend!

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ANNIE1114 11/1/2014 9:32PM

  It looks like Xena is thinking,"How do I make this go round and round me like Mom does.

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GABY1948 11/1/2014 3:02PM

    I loved this! I could watch your babies ANY time! emoticon emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 11/1/2014 2:59PM

    What fun I tried it with my boys and the hula hoops they went for centre every time. Loved your photos love to see your furry friends x

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  Thanks for sharing Joy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    so cute emoticon

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 11/1/2014 11:19AM

    Joy this is fantastic. Never thought of it, I'm going to see what KeKe does. Should be interesting.

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RAINBOWMF 11/1/2014 10:27AM

    So sweet

I will check out the link

Mary

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TERI-RIFIC 11/1/2014 9:50AM

    I've got to try this. Too funny!

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AUNTRENEE 11/1/2014 9:20AM

    Great pictures.

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Rainy Morning With My Girls-Pic blog, just for fun

Thursday, October 16, 2014




























Can you tell I really enjoy my girls? Just having fun. Xena can and does sleep on every piece of furniture in the house; including my bed! But, she still prefers Sugar's and Sugar is on the floor right next to her; right now! These photos were a rainy day earlier in the week. Nothing's changed.
Spark worthy? Of course! When you are doing something you enjoy, and I enjoy both photography and my girls, food isn't even a thought! On a rainy day; that's a big deal!

Thanks for the visit. Smiles, Joy, emoticon emoticon


  
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IMEMINE1 11/14/2014 5:20AM

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LADYJAJA 10/20/2014 3:01PM

  You're all so cute!! Thanks for sharing your family with us. You look wonderful, Joy! emoticon emoticon

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NANHBH 10/18/2014 1:54AM

    Awesome photos, Joy. When you're doing something you love to do, it is hard to be feeding yourself at the same time!
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_JODI404 10/17/2014 12:15AM

    I KNOW you love your girls! They are the BEST!!

Love the pics! Xena is so funny to me!

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    emoticon pictures. Thanks for sharing your furkids!

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/16/2014 7:49PM

    Love this!

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ANNIE1114 10/16/2014 7:44PM

  Love you stories about Xena and Sugar.

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RAINBOWMF 10/16/2014 6:03PM

    Ahhh I love your rainy fun day blog. We all love our furbabies.

Love Mary

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GABY1948 10/16/2014 5:34PM

    I am the SAME way! And DH is WORSE than you and I. That is what God gave us animals for PLEASURE! And I'm so thankful He did! GREAT blog, Joy!

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MRS.DOYLE 10/16/2014 5:08PM

    Your cat is a real character.
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ANNEMAC5 10/16/2014 1:59PM

    My two boys love to pick the most comfy spots, us two humans sometimes find ourselves squashed on the edge of the sofa or the bed as they have taken over the centre.
Love your photos and you are clever putting the words on the frames. Certainly keeps thoughts away from food while it is wet out doors

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LUCYCAN7 10/16/2014 12:32PM

  emoticon JOY THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR GIRLS WITH US!
ENJOY YOUR DAY! emoticon emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 10/16/2014 10:57AM

    It's raining here, too. The pics are too cute. You look good in a close up. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Thanks for giving me a smile on a dreary day.

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JANET552 10/16/2014 10:39AM

    I LOVE your blog!! Give a hug to Sugar and Princess for me.

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    I'm smiling from ear to ear....it's clear you love the girls. Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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Afterthoughts of a 9 Year Maintainer:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ever notice how you can't do just "one thing". Action, seems to trigger more action. That's why 10 minute streaks work so well; mine turn into at least 20!

I want to thank all of you that responded to my Thoughts of a 9 Year Maintainer blog. I apologize for not reaching out to each of you individually but part of me having time to be "active" is limiting my computer time. If you missed that blog this is the link:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792881


Several comments, and I value them all, jumped out at me and triggered these "afterthoughts".
But first, back to the "you can't just do one thing". I was organizing photos for my youngest grandchilds 10 year album today and I DID come across a BEFORE picture (sort of); at any rate, this was taken in 1995, the year I committed to getting healthy to keep up with these grandbabies. Two of the oldest 3 here. Weight, unknown but my best guess would be 240#. I do remember that outfit, bought for the holidays and it was a size 24.



​I am 54​ here​, this may even have been my birthday. The little guy on my lap just started college this fall and the young lady is now the mother of my great grandson! Time flys!
Now, I'd like to respond to:

SUBMOM2
"The line that really struck me was "busy is not the same as active." That exact thought dawned on me when I finally got serious about losing weight. I'm still working on it, slow and steady."

Many of the things I love doing are not ACTIVE, I still have to work at having an active day. Routine helps, morning walk/evening walk, phone walk and talks etc. You can't get much slower than I was; it took me 5 years to get to goal​, if you are looking at weight as a goal​. But, I learned a lot about myself along the way. What works and what doesn't. For me, if it's not fun, or doesn't taste good; it won't become part of my life.

LIVINGLOVINLIFE
"Joy; I think this blog hit me more than any I have read. Here you were showing me it could be done. You were not a 20 or 30 year old active young women trying to lose weight you were like me a post menopausal inactive woman who was very obese. You did it, maybe there is hope for me."

Pat, I was 54 when I finally committed to a healthy lifestyle. I have to be honest, it wasn't weight, size, or looks​ that motivated me​. It was FEAR! I was alone, lucky to still be healthy at my size, but wise enough to know the risks. My greatest fear was/is Alzheimer's disease; I'd lost my mother to it and now my sister no longer knows me or mine. I feared not being able to stay independent and becoming dependent on my kids when they were already in their most challenging years. Could still happen, but I'm doing really well. The weight loss was a bonus; brain healthy is heart healthy is just plain HEALTHY! Health IS wealth! You can do this Pat; and slow and STEADY does win the race!
My longest reply goes to:
_JODI404
"That is fabulous!! I know it's a lifestyle, and fairly automatic....but life has its difficulties and we can all get off the path if we don't remain fairly consistent. Consistency with the food and physical activity is a formula for long term success."

Oh my gosh JODI! You hit a nerve! ;) Routine, yes; AUTOMATIC, I wish! I'm broken, I will always have to work at it; but I've learned what works for me. Left on auto pilot I'd turn back into a couch potato and mindlessly comfort myself with ice cream. You are right, consistency is key. I plan for activity and I still count calories. My only real rule is "no mindless eating"​ and I have to have flexibility​. But I do keep it simple.
I keep a chart next to my netbook where I log my activities and streaks for the day as well as my SP routine, log in's , groups etc. I do this at the end of the day during commercials.



​The bottom of the chart is my total miles, steps and calories for the day. Used to update my page in the morning.​ The circles are telling me to "pay attention" I'm over those stated goals that day. Occasionally that's OK but not wanting any "streaks" here!​



Just a scratch pad, not particularly neat, no need. I will do this as long as I am able; works with or without SP now. But most importantly; it works!
Now, the other half of the equation is in my kitchen:
(I might add; where ever I go, these go, no vacations, no power needed.)



A one year day planner from the dollar store sits on my counter and works great. I tally my calories, protein grams, any meds (none), Servings of Fruit, Vegetables and one supplement I take mid day. It also works as a day planner.



As you can see Monday didn't take much space. I round calories UP to the next 50 and don't worry about condiments. Rarely do I have to look anything up. In time you find some things are just not worth the calories; even if you do like them. Monday I had 3 servings of fruit, 5 servings of veggies and forgot the mid day supplement; happens, but not often. I ended the day with Greek Yogurt at 150 calories and 20 grams of protein with a total of 2000 calories for the day and 119 grams of protein. Routine procedures; but not automatic. Takes commitment and consistency​ with a plan for flexibility​. I break all kinds of rules, they don't work for me. I enjoy snacking in front of the TV at night; that was the Greek Yogurt. Another night it might be a beer and some pretzels. But it's all jotted down and counted. No mindless eating. But it is so worth it!



Becoming Healthy Is
The
Best Decision I Ever Made!
(Thanks for the quote Pat!)

I'm so glad you all put up with me!
Be well and keep moving; life is good!

Thanks again for the visit. Hugs, Joy

  
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NANHBH 10/18/2014 1:48AM

    Love the flexibility of your plan! Great photo of you doing a triangle. You really are flexible in all areas of your life!!!

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LUCYCAN7 10/16/2014 10:00AM

  Joy love your way of thinking and planning!Children do grow up so fast!
Appreciate so much you sharing your Family and Journey with everyone!
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ANNIE1114 10/15/2014 6:40PM

  I hadn't thought about rounding up. That is a good idea.

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GABY1948 10/15/2014 4:07PM

    WOW....this one blew me away. We have many things in common....but I just read about your mother and relatives and Alzheimer's....my mother and grandmother died of it and I am not CLAIMING it! EVER...we have more than "similar" nameswe have a common cause for HEALTH!

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YELLOW09RED 10/15/2014 12:16PM

    Hi Joy,
Thank you for sharing your journey. I'm blessed by your friendship.
Beautiful pictures.
Hugs and smiles,
Debbie
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TERI-RIFIC 10/15/2014 6:03AM

    Lots of helpful info. Looking ahead to maintenance,I found it interesting that it is routine but never automatic. I need to keep in mind that my inner couch potato is always waiting to return. I have a journal for running- I think I'll expand it to cover food.
You don't even look like the same person (except for the joyful smile) and that was a very pretty holiday outfit.

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NEW-CAZ 10/15/2014 2:32AM

    FANTASTIC blog Joy!!
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MRS.DOYLE 10/15/2014 1:27AM

    Great inspiration again.
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_JODI404 10/15/2014 12:38AM

    Oh my goodness! Joy, I am so sorry I hit a nerve!! And, I'm really glad you said so.

Your afterthoughts have given me pause to examine the error of my thinking.

This is definitely an error of word choice on my part - I totally agree.

Routine is exactly the right word:
noun - a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program.

Automatic is implying a robot - which none of us are!!
adjective- done or occurring spontaneously, without conscious thought or intention.
Automatic, involuntary, spontaneous all mean not under the control of the will.

You - my sweet friend - are NOT broken!! I doubt there is a single person anywhere who does not have to work at this. Daily. Always. I know I do -- for sure!!!
No one is perfect.

You have such wisdom of what will and won't work for you. We are all unique and it takes trial and error to find what works for us. Some things are pretty universal. I think your "no mindless eating" is a tip that serves us all. I know it applies for me. I do still catch myself on this. Especially when stress is in the picture.

I love seeing your systems that you utilize. I keep a notebook too. Mine has :( instead of circles when I am NOT happy with something. This means: FOCUS - NOW!! And then I do... and get things sorted out.

Here are my favorite thoughts from this blog:

"Takes commitment and consistency​ with a plan for flexibility​."
"In time you find some things are just not worth the calories; even if you do like them."
"For me, if it's not fun, or doesn't taste good; it won't become part of my life."
These are all so true for me also!

I stand very apologetically corrected!!
YES!!!!! Routine procedures; but not automatic.

I really must be more careful in my word selection. Brain health IS important, and I worry about mine too. I really do. I have to check myself and see if I am making errors (misspelling names this week) from rushing, or stress, or what else.

Thank you for calling me out. This is an important distinction.

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RAINBOWMF 10/14/2014 11:22PM

    Terrific blog Joy.

I understand so much more about what it takes to keep the weight off.

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Love Mary

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ANGELBELIEVER 10/14/2014 11:16PM

    Once again thanks for sharing what works for you. You have done so well.Keep staying active! emoticon

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Thoughts of a 9 year Maintainer

Sunday, October 05, 2014

This blog was prompted by a call from my brother this morning; updating me on his health challenges. He needs heart surgery and it keeps getting postponed in large part because of his weight. He has lost about 100 pounds and told me what he weighs now; I shared that I used to weigh close to that. MY BROTHER was surprised! He said, as many of you have, "I can't believe you could have weighed that much; I don't remember you ever looking that big. Told him I'd send him a picture. :)

Truth is, I don't have a "before" picture. emoticon
At that time, I had given up. I don't have an accurate number either. emoticon
I just know I was a size 24. Thing is, I had been a yoyo dieter my whole adult life. Started with puberty, ended around menopause. My weight peaked in the early 90's. At the end of '91 I was single and all my kids were on their own. I decided it was MY TIME and I would do what I wanted and eat when I wanted etc. emoticon
Those of you that think menopause is a good excuse--that's dangerous thinking! I didn't mind being a fluffy grandmother--well, I must have, still no pictures. By '95 I was a grandmother and quickly found that I wasn't up to the physical demands. Even getting a baby in and out of the crib was a challenge. emoticon
I was determined to get "fit" and went back to the gym. That was hard at that size but the gym members were wonderful and very welcoming. I was still determined not to "diet" and I didn't. If I wanted a blizzard on the way home from the gym; I had one! As I became more fit, that happened less and less. My eating improved and my size was going down. Still no numbers.

My "before" pictures start in 2001 when I am about to get a second round of grandkids. Determined to be in even better shape for these new little ones, I started eating vegetarian. I had nothing against eating healthy; just really didn't (and don't) want to diet. Change came slowly. But by the time these pictures were taken; I'd already lost 30 or more pounds-- but I have to go by the size change. I had one weigh in on my way UP in the '90's that was 215#, I was more than that in 2001.

At my DD's baby shower, I was already on my way down and picture taking resumed.



I was blessed with two new grandbabies that year!





I continued healthy eating and exercising and was slowly losing weight. Very slowly; at the beginning of 2001 I weighed 195 pounds. I decided it was time to add some "control" and that eating at maintenance, that 2000 calories a day recommended on every label you read, (I sure hope you read labels) was a reasonable approach that I could live with. Weighing only once a month I was happy if that weight was anything less than the month before. It took almost 5 years to reach my goal weight.

emoticonOctober is my anniversary month and I've maintained 9 years now! With that same program; close to 2000 calories a day and lots of activity. Fun things built into my days and life!
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What a fantastic trip it has been!

Fun with my grandkids:



And now, I've become a GREAT GRANDMOTHER!



My kids tell me I've always been a Great Grandmother! It doesn't get any better than that!

Favorite activities pre 2001:
Knitting, sewing, reading, crafting, cooking
(See a trend there?)

Favorite activities today:
Walking Sugar, gardening, hooping, yoga, going out with friends, hiking, working out at the gym in the winter.
(Busy is not the same as active!)

Feel free to visit my gallery to see more of today's favorite activities. Life is good.

Be active, stay well. Thanks for the visit. Joy

  
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NANHBH 10/18/2014 1:31AM

    That's an awesome story!

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NOTSPEEDY 10/15/2014 11:34PM

    Such a well-written inspiring story. You have done a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing.

P.S It is great to know that maintenance is possible too.

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    emoticon on your:::::9:::::Years emoticon !!

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ANGELBELIEVER 10/14/2014 8:58AM

    I loved reading this blog and seeing how many challenges you have overcome and you have become successful in your weight loss. I love all your pictures too.

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ANNEMAC5 10/12/2014 4:30PM

    What a great blog and some fantastic comments you inspire so many of us by been you, just normal,,, 9 years is a super achievement and requires effort thank you for sharing

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  emoticon emoticon Joy you are such a emoticon inspiration!
Sending prayers your way for your Brother.I am losing slowly if I could get just a
little more active,bad knees slow me down.Not giving up.Hugs and Blessings! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AKELAZ 10/6/2014 4:13AM

    I read your blogs sometimes - lurking round the site - but don't often comment. This one has really gone to my heart. I don't eat unhealthily but too often too much of the healthy stuff - 'unhealthy' in it's way, I guess. I am mostly busy - and often active - but I have far too many days where I blob out on the sofa and so far have not really established a consistently active regime. You have truly inspired me and made me think today - many others, too, I see. No - busy is not the same as active - I will try to engrave that on my brain.
Thank you so much for your reflections - they are invaluable - to us here, to your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren - and to your brother as your example can help him see. I wish him better health and happiness such as you have found.

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NEW-CAZ 10/6/2014 2:57AM

    Has anyone ever told you what an inspiration you are? Well you are.
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MRS.DOYLE 10/6/2014 2:30AM

    I never get tired of reading your healthy transformation story.
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TERI-RIFIC 10/5/2014 8:42PM

    I love the contrast in favorite activities. You give us a great example to follow and hope that we can do it. Like you say, it's not about diet but about a total lifestyle change.
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DAISYBELL6 10/5/2014 7:19PM

    Fantastic story! What an inspiration you are. I will keep on keeping on and one day, hopefully, I will be where you are!

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ANNIE1114 10/5/2014 6:28PM

  Congratulations! Nine years in maintenance is quite an accomplishment!

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GABY1948 10/5/2014 6:05PM

    I do find it hard to believe those pictures ARE you! You have done so emoticon Joy! Here's to many more healthy years! emoticon emoticon

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_JODI404 10/5/2014 5:54PM

    I love hearing this back story and pics! You are an amazing inspiration to me!! I aspire to remain active, healthy and fit as you have done -- year after year since hitting goal.

emoticon on *NINE* years of maintaining!!!!!!!!!

That is fabulous!! I know it's a lifestyle, and fairly automatic....but life has its difficulties and we can all get off the path if we don't remain fairly consistent. Consistency with the food and physical activity is a formula for long term success.

You look amazing, and even better I'm sure is how amazing you feel.

Thank you for being a uplifting and supportive friend. You are a bright light, and I am so grateful for our friendship!! You inspire me more than you will ever know!!
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HEALTHY4ME 10/5/2014 5:15PM

    Congrats on a new great grandbaby!!! and yes I know you are a GREAT grandma! lol

I also love knowing that you didn't really diet, but that it progressed to wanting to eat better. I am doing well right now and plan to keep it going!

HUGS

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RAINBOWMF 10/5/2014 4:34PM

    Joy I have followed your blogs for quite a while now and I never realized how far you had come. You make me feel so happy today. Wonderful blog, thanks so much for taking the time to write it and share the pictures.

PS-- I am using (Busy is not the same as active!) today on my feed- Love it--
I am always busy but getting fatter!!

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YELLOW09RED 10/5/2014 4:13PM

    Wonderful Joy,
9 years is great!
Congrats on being healthy.
God bless your brother. May he get a great heart.
Hugs and smiles,
Debbie


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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 10/5/2014 4:12PM

    Joy; I think this blog hit me more than any I have read. Here you were showing me it could be done. You were not a 20 or 30 year old active young women trying to lose weight you were like me a post menopausal inactive woman who was very obese. You did it, maybe there is hope for me. I read about the younger women trying to lose weight and I wish I had started so many years ago but I didn't. It is so much harder when you are older, out of shape, living a sedentary life style with multiple health issues. I am trilled when someone in their 30's 40's or 50's starts on this journey and love to see the changes as they lose the pounds and become more active. Deep down I think I believe it is too late for me. That is why this blog means so much to me. Thank you again dear friend you have given me hope once again. Hugs Pat

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SUBMOM2 10/5/2014 4:00PM

    Congratulations on 9 years as a maintainer. That's fantastic!!

The line that really struck me was "busy is not the same as active." That exact thought dawned on me when I finally got serious about losing weight. I'm still working on it, slow and steady.

Enjoy your beautiful family. Indeed, life is good!!



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